Day 62: McKenzie Bridge, OR ➡️ Veneta, OR

Miles: 67.1

Total: 3,668.8

Someone tell me how we gained 1,047 feet today!?

I mean….that’s not a lot anyway, but we were going downhill for most of the day.

It was neat to watch the altitude on my altimeter decrease throughout the day! We haven’t been below 4,000 ft since Kansas, and since yesterday we have lost a ton of elevation!

We are getting pretty close to sea level. 😉

So, today wasn’t as pretty as yesterday, but it was still a nice, beautiful ride!

We stopped at a gas station to eat lunch.

A man started asking us about our trip. When we found out we were riding across the country, he told us to hurry up and decide what we wanted to eat so he could pay for it! 😂 We quickly decided. 😉

We went outside and sat at a table and chatted and ate our food. He served in the military and now trains service dogs. He was really nice to talk to and very encouraging. He even offered for us to stay on his ranch, and gave us his phone number in case we ran into any trouble!

There were so many towns today! We town-hopped from one town to the next. We stopped a million times today. It was nice to finally have towns to stop in!

We stopped at the post office in a small town called Walterville, where my mom had a package sent for me to pick up. It may or not include a certain shirt to wear tomorrow. 😉

We also went through all our panniers and shipped home a ton of stuff so we don’t have to worry about it tomorrow. I sent home all of my cooking supplies, basically all my clothes, a couple of water bottles, all my maps…almost 7 lbs of stuff! Masherra sent home 10 lbs…haha!! Needless to say, we felt a tad bit lighter. 😊

It took us foreeeeeeveer to navigate through Springfield and Eugene. Our gps took us on a bike path, which was nice, but we would occasionally get back on the road, and then back on the bike path. All that mixed with stopping every block at the stop lights really slowed us down.

We’ve got camp set up under a pavilion at a city park- possibly our last night of camping. Although we are super excited to be getting back home to our loved ones, Mash and I felt a little sad today. I don’t even know how to describe how I feel. It’s odd. 😂

I’m not going to lie, I’m laying in my tent as I write this and actually feel nervous about tomorrow. You know that feeling you get in your stomach? Yeah. I have that.

Maybe it’s excitement.

Maybe it’s a little bit of everything.

I’ve climbed over the Appalachians, the Ozarks, the Rockies, and the Cascades. I’ve climbed mountains. Now I’m ready to move them. 💪🏻

It’s Pacific Coast Eve, folks…and I can’t believe it.


2 thoughts on “Day 62: McKenzie Bridge, OR ➡️ Veneta, OR

  1. I want to congratulate you and thank you. I have enjoyed every post. I have cheered for the two girls I do not know thru every state. I was in awe when you had the chain repair tool and was able to keep on trucking. I’m one of the people you reference that would love to be able to make that journey of a lifetime. I have a friend who’s done several of these long rides often times tied to charities and other people and I got to tell you it never seemed as exciting and as interesting as your accounts. What is most refreshing in today’s political environment is I haven’t a clue on your thoughts on that acrimony. Instead your humanity and curiosity and gratefulness are what shines through. Keep writing. You have a talent. Good luck to you and Mash in any and all future endeavors.

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